The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) launched a new database resource that would serve as a single spot for getting information on cases concerning students’ rights on campus.
Launched last week, the Campus Due Process Litigation Tracker includes summaries of cases affecting students’ and faculty members’ rights in campus judicial proceedings. It also serves as an essential tool for attorneys, journalists, and the general public interested in learning about student rights.
The tracker includes a range of cases affecting students’ procedural rights, from constitutional due process cases at public universities, to breach of contract and Title IX cases at private universities among others.
Those interested can directly look for cases that most directly relate to their research by a range of fields and keywords.
Lately, the campus free speech has become an important issue with universities battling many lawsuits in court. In March, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to enforce free speech on college campuses across the country which allows 12 federal agencies to withhold federal research or education grants, excluding federal student aid funding, from colleges that practice censorship.
Earlier this month, PEN America launched a guide on campus free speech. The guide would help students, faculty, and administrators keep campuses open to different ideas especially the campus protests, hateful expression, discrimination and harassment, academic freedom, diversity, and inclusion.